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June 16, 2009

Greatness requires asking tough questions

by Chris Lindholm

I recently joined an on-line book club of fellow educators and am finding the conversation to be invigorating after only a couple of days.  The group (over 200 folks!!) is reading Why Don't Students Like School,by Daniel Willingham and participating in rigorous, lively debate in hopes of learning more.  Please accept an invitation to participate as an observer (!!

One of the kickoff entries titled "Curiosity is fragile"  concludes with a question should be tough to swallow for many educators –  If indeed we know that such common teaching strategies as worksheets, end-of-chapter questions, drill and kill activities, etc… are contradictory to basic cognitive principles, why are they so prevalent in classrooms today (reference to principles outlined in chapter 1 of Why Don't Students Like School)

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